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Transcript of interview with Dr. Douglas Reynolds by Dr. David Emerson, June 16, 2006






Professor Douglas Reynolds joined the engineering faculty in 1983. His credentials include a B.S. from Michigan State, M.S in mechanical engineering from Purdue, and a PhD in the same field, also from Purdue. Dr. Reynolds' work experience includes an assistant professorship at University of Texas a Austin (architectural engineering), associate professor in mechanical engineering at University of Pittsburgh, and a stint of industrial experience working for Caterpillar Tractor Company. He also worked as an acoustical consultant in Dallas, Texas. When interviewed at UNLV, Doug sensed that this was an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new engineering program and really have an impact on its development. He worked on the Engineering Advisory Committee and was given the task to justify the existence and growth of the engineering program at UNLV. He presented a report which documented the size and cost of the engineering building, and that report led to the existence of the building that can be found on campus today. With the building under construction, the engineering program itself needed accreditation with the American Board of Engineering and Technology. Dr Reynolds was responsible for documenting past, present, and future plans for the department courses and degrees. He also had to document a legitimate student graduation in order to apply tor accreditation. All this was accomplished in a short time, and the school received a very high evaluation. Dr. Reynolds' primary specialty is mechanical vibration and acoustics. He teaches machine design, kinematics and dynamics, and courses in mechanical vibration and acoustics. He wrote a textbook in the early 80's, "Engineering Principles of Acoustics." The updated revision will be completed soon, and he is also writing a new text entitled "Engineering Principles of Vibration". Douglas is chief U.S. delegate and chairman of the U.S. technical advisory group for ISO (International Standards Organization). He logs thousands of air miles every year on trips that are basically directed to research, bringing in research dollars, or are related to the standards work he does. His efforts on such a broad scale bring the UNLV engineering school national and worldwide exposure.

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Douglas Reynolds oral history interview, 2006 June 16. OH-01557. [Transcript]. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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